The New Mexico State baseball team overcame a 10-0 deficit to defeat Northern Colorado 19-16 on a windy Sunday afternoon at Presley Askew Field. The two teams combined for 41 hits on the day with the Aggies recording 20 hits and the Bears recording 21 hits.
The Bears struck first off of Aggie starting pitcher Trey Ross getting a leadoff double from Adam Hilker. The Bears would move Hilker to third after a sacrifice bunt with one out. T.J. Berge would single in Hilker to give Northern Colorado a 1-0 lead. Northern Colorado would add six runs in the second to take a 7-0 lead as they would get a leadoff home run from Ben Packard who finished 5-for-6 on the day. Three batters later the Bears would get a one out two-run homer from Marcus Valenuela to put the Bears up 4-0. The Bears would continue the onslaught getting four consecutive singles to push their lead to 7-0. With the bases loaded and two outs, the Aggies would bring in Riley Bevill to replace Ross and Bevill would strike out Jarod Berggren for the final out of the inning.
The Aggies would hold the Bears scoreless in the third but Northern Colorado would put up three more runs in the top of the fourth to push their lead to 10-0.
The Aggie offense would get on track in the bottom of the fourth putting up four runs behind singles from Ryan Aguayo and Zac Fisher. Chuck Howard would bring Aguayo home on a fielder's choice. After a Bryan Karraker walk, Tyler Forney would load the bases for the Aggies reaching on a fielder's choice. Wes Starkes would follow with a fielder's choice scoring Bryan Karraker on a throwing error by the catcher but Chuck Howard would be thrown out at home for the second out of the inning. Tanner Waite would come to to the plate and deliver a two RBI single to center field scoring Tyler former and Wes Starkes to cu the Aggies' deficit to 10-4.
The Aggies would follow with four more runs in the bottom of the fifth highlighted by a two-run homer by Zac Fisher, a solo home run from Chuck Howard and a one out sacrifice fly from Wes Starkes to cut the Bears' lead to 10-8.
Northern Colorado would push their lead back to five runs after scoring three more in the top of the sixth to go ahead 13-8 getting a two out, two RBI double from Adam Hilker.
The Aggies would respond in the bottom of the inning putting up seven runs as Zach Voight led off the inning with a walk followed by a Parker Hipp single. Ryan Aguayo would single to left to drive in Voight with Hipp advancing to third. Zac Fisher would single in Hipp moving Aguyao to second. Chuck Howard would fly out for the inning's first out but a wild pitch would move Aguyao to third and Fisher to second. Bryan Karraker would get a sacrifice fly to bring in Aguayo cutting the Bears' lead to 13-11. Tyler Forney would be hit by a pitch and after a pitching change by the Bears, Wes Starkes would be hit by a pitch to lead the bases. Tanner Waite would draw a walk to force home Zac Fisher. Forney would score on a wild pitch to cut tie the game at 13-13. Zach Voight would single up the middle to drive in Starkes and Waite giving the Aggies their first lead of the game at 15-13.
The Aggies would tack on a run in the bottom of the seventh to push their lead to 16-13 but Northern Colorado would respond with three runs in the top of the eighth to tie the game back up at 16-16.
New Mexico State would take advantage of another pitching change in the bottom of the eighth getting back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. After recording an out on a fielder's choice, the Aggies would get a single from Parker Hipp to take the lead 17-16. Rayn Aguayo would single to drive in Zach Voight and Parker Hipp would score on a fielder's choice to give the Aggies a 19-16 lead heading into the ninth inning.
After striking out the first two batters, Scott Coffman would give up a single but would get Harrison Lambert to fly out to end the game.
Coffman picked up the victory to improve to 2-0 on the season as he pitched two innings giving a pair of hits and a single run while striking out three Northern Colorado batters.
Josh Boyer took the loss as he allowed three runs on four hits in a single inning of work.
Aggie starter Trey Ross lasted just 1.2 innings giving up seven runs, five earned, on nine hits while striking out two. Riley Bevill came in to relieve Ross and gave up eight runs, six earned on 10 hits while striking out three and walking two.
Ryan Aguao finished the day 4-for-4 with a pair of walks and two RBIs while scoring four times. Zach Fisher finished the day 3-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBIs while Tanner Waite and Chuck Howard each had three RBIs. Marcus Valenzuela was 2-for-3 with four RBIs for Northern Colorado and Ben Packard was 5-for-6 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored for the Bears.
The Aggies improve to 22-6 overall and head into conference play next weekend at Louisiana Tech.